Thanksgiving Quick Pick

The holiday rush begins early, so here’s a bright book that will keep little ones entertained.   “Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox: The Great Pancake Adventure,” by Matt Luckhurst; Abrams Books for Young Readers, $17.95, 48 pages ages 4-6.  Matt Luckhurst’s debut children’s book spins a classic North American folktale about the giant

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Sometimes, a bowl of soup is perfect, except when it’s not.

“Happy Harry’s Café,” by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Richard Holland; Candlewick Press, $16.99 32 pages, ages 3-5.    English poet Michael Rosen (“We’re going on a Bear Hunt”) takes a classic Jewish joke  and crafts a quirky rhyme around it in this warm and toasty picture book.  Harry, who appears to be a polar bear,

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Frankenstorm Reads!

With the pending arrival of the “Frankenstorm” here on the East Coast, parents may find themselves homebound this Halloween. Perhaps these spooky titles will help weather the storm.  If we could hand out books instead of treats on Halloween anyway, we would tuck these into outstretched bags instead of candy. “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” illustrated by

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The power to inspire children through books

I am so happy to post this story because it is about one of my former students who has chosen to inspire children through reading.  In October 2011, Paul Naanou, then a junior at the Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia, organized an event called “Destination Text-ploration.”  The event was coordinated through an after

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Beatrix Potter

Peter Rabbit is one of the most recognizable children’s book characters created, and now the Morgan Library in Manhattan is hosting an exhibition of Beatrix Potter’s picture letters, which include numerous sketches of the curious bunny. Initially these letters served purely as entertainment for children of friends. Later they became an inspiration for Potter’s books

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Omnia vincit amor

“Boot and Shoe,” by Marla Frazee; Simon & Schuster, $16.99, 32 pages, ages 3-6.   Two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee introduces us to Boot and Shoe, an inseparable pair of pups who share everything – a bed, a food bowl, even a communal arboreal latrine. The majority of their time is spent on opposite

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Exploring Outdoors

“underGROUND,” by Denise Fleming; Beach Lane Books, $17.99, 40 pages,ages 3-5. Two weeks into the first full month of fall we celebrate the harvests of the season and the changing multicolor landscape as the forests prepare for winter. Here, we peek at burrowing critters that call the forest home in this wonderfully earthy picture book

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Quick Picks

So much to read, so little time. Here are three lovely books that deserve attention and will no doubt brighten any young reader’s day.   “Tell me About Your Day Today,” by Mem Fox, illustrated by Lauren Stringer; Beach Lane Books, $17.99 40 pages, ages 3-6. Bestselling author Mem Fox writes about a charming boy who loves

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Bon Voyage!

“A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse,” by Frank Viva; TOON Books; $12.95, 32 pages, ages 4-6.  Follow the seafaring adventure of a boy and his mouse in this second comic book by five-time New Yorker cover illustrator Frank Viva. Aboard their sturdy ship, the explorers brave bumpy waves and freezing temperatures

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